DIVING: Joy for local divers at big championships

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Jordan Houlden won his first national title at the British Elite Junior Diving Championships in Plymouth earlier this month.

With a demanding list of dives, Jordan produced a consistently high standard in the 1 metre springboard competition to win the gold medal by over 10 points.

He than narrowly missed a second medal, coming fourth in the 3 metre springboard event.

Ross Haslam continued his medal-winning sequence by taking the 3 metre springboard synchro title with partner James Heatly from Edinburgh.

One of their outstanding dives was a front 3½ somersault pike which earned over 76 points. Ross also won a silver medal in the 3 metre individual event and a bronze medal in the 1 metre event, to bring home a full set of medals from the championships. Elliot Beeden produced an excellent performance to take the silver medal in the 16+ years platform competition. His outstanding dive was an inward 3½ somersault, scoring over 72 points.

Millie Fowler and Millie Haffety added the junior national 3 metre synchro title to the senior title that they won in February.

They dominated the event, winning by over 30 points.

In the individual 3 metre competition, Fowler took the silver medal by a few points from Haffety who took bronze with Fern Hitchen in sixth place.

In the 1 metre event, Fowler was the bronze medallist with Haffety fourth.

In the 14/15 years age group, Yasmin Harper and Holly May Prasanto each reached finals and joined forces to finish sixth in the 3 metre synchro event.

In the same age group, Owen Harrison performed very well to reach the finals of all his events.

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